Everyday a new fitness trend or fad makes the rounds on social media. And although they may disappear just as quickly as they appeared, they may, in the meantime, be making your head spin. How are you ever supposed to know what is right for you when there is so much information (good and bad) floating around out there? The folks at MyProtein
created this list of myths to help you drown out the noise and move forward with being your best self:
Myth #1: Heavy weight with low reps is best for muscle building.
When people start lifting, they want to get right into it and lift as much as possible. Although benching a heavy amount is impressive, doing it for one or two reps will not help you build muscle. The 'sweet spot' is 8-12 reps. A strong muscle is a large muscle so keep the reps up and use a weight that you can manage over 10 reps.
Myth #2: Yoga is for girls.
Yoga improves muscular endurance and elasticity as well as helping you to stabilize your core and improve posture. This translates into everything you do. A greater range of motion will prevent injury in all activities, including lifting, for example.
Myth #3: You'll burn more fat working out longer at a lower intensity.
Just not true. HIIT cardio (high intensity interval training) has been proven to be the smarter choice when it comes to burning fat. HIIT is great for increasing and maintaining muscle mass and it provides an after burn that keeps you torching fat well into the rest of your day. For excellent HIIT based training programs, check out SweatFlix℠
! With over 115 hours of real time, on demand workouts, and new content being added every week, you'll always find something to challenge and inspire!
Myth #4: You must work out every day or not at all.
When you're first getting started, you can't go all out every single day. You will burn out or injure yourself. It is best to start 2-3 days a week. From there, you can decide how much to add based on your specific goals. Remember, some exercise is better than no exercise so get yourself moving -- no matter what.
Myth #5: Working out hard will get you results.
This one is sort of true. If you aren't giving a serious effort in the gym, you are not really going anywhere. But, depending on who you ask, working out only accounts for 20-30% of a healthy, fit lifestyle. The rest is your diet. If your diet isn't right, no amount of working out will give you results.
Myth #6: Strength training will bulk you up.
It will not bulk you up. Actually, strength training can burn 2-3 times more calories than cardio alone. It also causes an increase in testosterone and your metabolism which means you'll be all revved and warmed up to burn calories.
Myth #7: Home gyms don't work.
At BodyRock, we know this one is not true! If you put in the effort and follow a plan, you will see results no matter where you are. If you don't have the money to spend on a gym, you can do just as well at home. Really.
Myth #8: If it fits your macros.
Not all calories are created equal. If you eat a pizza that is 1200 calories and think it is the same as eating three healthy meals that include lean protein, vegetables and healthy fats, you're mistaken. The calories from that pizza are far inferior to those from three healthy meals. It obviously depends on the person but it is best to not even try to cheat yourself in this way. For ways to fit your macros and NOT sabotage your progress, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan!
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Source: My Protein